Many of my customers call me with questions on how I construct my wreaths. I thought I would dedicate a page to show the construction stages of each of my wreaths. Each wreath easily takes four hours or more to construct. I give a lot of attention to each one of my "masterpieces" and it never fails, by the time I'm done I want to hang it on my door because I just love it so much.Step One: Ribbons & Bows I always start with color first. I usually have a new ribbon that I just can't wait to see as a bow. While a ribbon is still on the spool, I hold it next to other ribbons and then decided which ribbons coordinate with it and look good together. I then make a double or triple ribbon bow with long streamers.
Step One: Ribbons & Bows I always start with color first. I usually have a new ribbon that I just can't wait to see as a bow. While a ribbon is still on the spool, I hold it next to other ribbons and then decided which ribbons coordinate with it and look good together. I then make a double or triple ribbon bow with long streamers. Step Two: A Mini Garden Once I have my bow, I lay it on my work table and just start pulling out flowers I feel compliment the bow and each other. At first, I pull out more flowers than I need and then gradually reduce the amount. My goal for this step is to combine flowers until I have a mini garden taking shape. You know the garden I'm talking about, a true “Southern” garden, full of color, blooms and texture.
Step Three: Stem Preparation Once I know what colors and flowers I will use, I then begin prepping each flower and greenery stem. Yes, I said EACH stem. I wrap each stem around a green floral pick and then seal them in floral tape. This may seem like a tedious process but it is well worth it. The picks help to push the flower stems deep into the middle of the grapevine wreath, which makes it more secure. Additionally, during this stage I take the time to bend and shape the wire in each stem, this makes it look more authentic. I bend and shape branches, flowers and stems to resemble ones you may find in your own yard or garden.
Step Four: Shape After I have most of my stems prepped, I am ready to begin with the hot glue. I start the flower arranging by first gluing in greenery to help form the shape of my wreath. Sometimes I want the wreath more oval than round or more compact than airy. Once I have the overall shape, I then use a combination of wire and hot glue to add any signs, specialty items, or bent and twisted grapevine pieces. I end this stage by attaching my bow to the wreath with wire making it very secure.
Step Five: Flowers Now the FUN begins! I begin adding flowers throughout the wreath alternating color and depth while keeping the shape in mind. I start to slowly see my mini garden take shape on my wreath. Oh how fun!
Step Six: Filler During this step I add a combination of greenery to fill in between the flowers. My greenery may include a combination of mosses, ferns, boxwood, rosemary, grasses, branches, leaves, etc.
Step Seven: Clean up Each wreath receives a quality inspection. I go through each inch of the wreath (front and back) and I cover up any exposed picks or dried glue with sheet moss. The moss helps make the wreath look more earthy and therefore, more authentic. On the back of the wreath I clip off picks that are too long and poking out. I cover any dried glue or showing picks with more sheet moss. This makes the wreath neat and very professional. I also pull off any remaining glue strings. Below is a before and after picture.
Step Eight: Little Critters I choose three or four little critters to adorn my wreath. It may be a sweet bird perched on a branch, a bee searching for nectar, butterflies floating by, nest full of eggs, etc. This gives my wreath detail and life just like a garden.